Chronic Neuropathic Pain

‘In 2013 out of nowhere I was suddenly. Struck with shooting and agonising pain, in my right wrist.

As I was driving a work car for a previous employer at the time. Instead of getting straight off the motorway, to see if a very short rest might help. I knew that the afternoon shift staff would be waiting for me, so as usual I returned to the office.

My initial assessment by the Neurosurgeon. Based on an x-ray, which demonstrated some loss of disc height at C5/6. Also some narrowing at C6/7 (predominant issue of neuralgia).

Initial medication I was started on, was a tablet mix of Panadol and Codeine. In hindsight it’s no surprise, this didn’t help. As Panadol is more commonly given for the common flu. Even to this day I’ve also been given more relevantly Ibuprofen, now it’s debatable if this also has helped.

My GP promptly took me off taking Diclofenac , as for good reason. It was causing me tummy inflammation, during the 3ish months I was on it. Given the lack of therapeutic intervention, from the above medications. My doctor gave me a script for PRN tramadol.

During the month of August 2017, as my GP knew the other methods. Weren’t providing constructive healing, I agreed to try a course of Tegretol. The small twice daily dose of 200mg, certainly wasn’t breaking my pain threshold. At a more recent appointment, the doctor increased the dosage to 400mg twice daily. With these newer interventions, to be evaluated by my Neurosurgeon at my next appointment.

I’d also been through two steroid procedures, which was an injection directly into two separate places in my neck. These were roughly 6 months apart, and also had possibly much less efficacy than any of my opioid based medication.

Despite also having acupuncture regularly, and applying natural ointments to the sensitive neck. Which provided some very temporary sense of calm, but not necessarily pain relief. My moods were either on an even keel or semi low throughout, this whole ordeal.

Disclosure statement: I’m not providing a clinical advice service. If you wish to do due diligence and add to your knowledge, in preparation for any forthcoming GP or Specialist appt’s. Then please don’t hesitate to contact one of the professional bodies below. If you feel your mental health is at risk, then I also provided one well known NZ and UK contact. But I advise you to contact your GP for either yourself or your loved one.’





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